Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Creme SPF 15 Oil Free
1.7 fl. oz. for $68
Last Updated:07.11.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Estee Lauder makes bold claims for its Advanced Time Zone line, saying the products will make you look younger in just five days. The truth is that most moisturizers will make your skin look better, simply because applying moisturizer to the skin makes it look smoother and more "plump" (at least a little) in less than five days.

That said, this creamy moisturizer for normal to combination skin provides sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection—and sun protection is the number one way to prevent and combat the signs of aging! This formula also includes a good mix of emollient ingredients and antioxidants, which is characteristic of most Lauder moisturizers.

However, and this is the key reason why you shouldn't spend money on this product, the jar packaging undermines the effectiveness of the antioxidants. Being housed in a jar means those exciting, air-sensitive ingredients won't remain potent for long after opening. See More Info for why products like this should not be packaged in a jar.

Lauder also included a potentially irritating amount of rosemary and tangerine extracts, and irritation isn't what you want for your skin, especially skin on the face.

There's also the issue of this product's price. For sun protection to be truly effective, an SPF-rated product must be applied liberally, and at a price like this, you may be less likely to slather it on. We say: Pass this one up and instead try one of the better options on our list of Best Moisturizers With Sunscreen. In fact, new research indicates that SPF 15 is no longer enough, and revised medical recommendations are stating that SPF 20 to 25 is the least you should be applying daily!

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains a good mix of beneficial antioxidants.
  • The tangerine and rosemary extracts may be irritating.
  • Jar packaging means the beneficial ingredients will start to lose their effectiveness once this is opened.
  • The cost could discourage liberal application, which is needed for maximum sun protection.
  • This is only an SPF 15, and new research shows that SPF 20 to 25 is the least you should be applying daily.
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The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).


Look younger in just 5 days. Help rewind the visible signs of aging with this advanced oil-free and fragrance-free moisturizer.


Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00% Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Whey Protein, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Centaurium Erythraea (Centaury) Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Tamarindus Indica Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Selaginella Tamariscina (Spike Moss) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Limonium Vulgare Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Linolenic Acid, Cholesterol, Caffeine, Sucrose, Glucose, Isohexadecane, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Caprylyl Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Trehalose, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Phytantriol, Glucose Oxidase, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Linoleic Acid, Adenosine Phosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactoperoxidase, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Behenyl Alcohol, PVP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 80, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sulfate, Dextrin, Lecithin, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Silica, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums around; excellent sunscreens; some good cleansers, toners, and makeup removers; several categories of makeup excel, including some extraordinary foundations (that include shades for darker skin tones), concealers, powders, blush, and eyeshadows; a mostly good selection of eye, brow, and lip pencils; their long-wearing lip color and some of the lipsticks are supremely good.

Weaknesses: Several items are highly fragranced; incomplete and/or problematic products for anyone battling blemishes; many of the Re-Nutriv products are priced too high given similar, less-expensive options from Lauder; some of the sunscreens and foundations with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA protection; the brushes aren't on par with those from other Lauder-owned lines, such as Bobbi Brown or M.A.C.; jar packaging.

From its humble but attention-getting beginning in 1946, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine you can think of. Their product assortment is mind-boggling and would be much more frustrating to wade through if their tester units weren't so well-organized and their salespeople so well-trained. (Although most of what they talk about is claim-driven and not worth paying much attention to, they do know their way around the huge assembly of products.)

We suppose the biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums have had a hand in redefining how we evaluate products. They (and some Lauder-owned companies, notably Clinique) are so far ahead of their department-store competition in these two areas that they alone have been consistently raising the bar as new research comes to light. In fact, we are confident telling anyone who asks us where to find the best moisturizers in the department store to sail right past Lancome, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, and Elizabeth Arden (among others) and park themselves in front of the Lauder counter (or a Lauder-owned line specializing in skin care such as Clinique—definitely not Origins, but you have to read about Origins to see why). We don't agree with most of the claims Lauder makes for their products and the fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

Despite Lauder's formulary innovations, they're not immune to problem products. Some of their cleansers contain irritating ingredients, jar packaging is prevalent, and their sole product for acne isn't going to help anyone's blemishes improve (actually, Estee Lauder is not the line to shop if managing acne is your concern). The company has also taken a somewhat "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, much like the many skin-care companies with cosmetic products targeted at women considering cosmetic corrective procedures. Some of the claims (and statistics) about what their skin-care alternatives (to these procedures) can accomplish still stretch the boundaries of what's possible, but most of them have impressive ingredients that benefit skin. They just can't change skin in the same effective way a cosmetic corrective procedure can.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

Estee Lauder Makeup

Although Estee Lauder has made some impressive strides with its skin-care formulations, their makeup collection has become a frustrating mixed bag. We were genuinely surprised at how many average makeup items have recently appeared. Of course, there have also been some improvements, most notably in the foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick categories. But for such an established, worldwide brand to not have more to extol is almost embarrassing. That attitude of bigger and better things is there in the descriptions, but the products tell a different story.

The most frustrating element by far is the number of foundations with sunscreen that either lack essential UVA-protecting ingredients or carry an SPF rating that is below standard. In contrast, the sunscreens in Lauder's skin-care lineup are almost all top-notch. Even more perplexing is that Lauder's sister company, Clinique, really has its act together when it comes to foundations with UVA-protecting ingredients, and they feature a lower price point for superior products.

Despite the shortcomings, many women will continue to shop for makeup at their local Lauder counter, and there is still reason to do that—just not with the same blanket sense of confidence you may have had in the past. This is an exhaustive makeup line, with seemingly endless choices. We like that Lauder's makeup tester units are much more user-friendly, particularly for foundations, powders, and concealers. Their sales staff is more enthusiastic and present (often to the point of hovering) than the staff of many competing lines, but also quite helpful and up-to-date on product comings and goings. We feel strongly that you won't be disappointed with any of the Lauder makeup rated "best" below. Without question, those products are shining examples that prove Lauder has the capability to elevate the current state-of-the-art, raising the bar for their competitors. If only such innovation were evident in the entire line, there would be few reasons to shop elsewhere, save for the prices. As is, and more than ever, it pays to be a savvy consumer when you're about to navigate the cosmetics department.

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Amazing... I have tried so so many moisturizers for my dry aging skin to no avail... This is undoubtedly the best cream I have ever used. The most creamy, moisturizing and hydrating cream ever! Please EL, do not stop making this! You must try it to believe it. Thanks Estee Lauder.... Pamela

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Never had anything irritate my skin so much!

I used this cream for 2 days and after the second day my skin starting itching and then it was on fire! It started swelling and for the last 24 hrs. thanks to Benadryal cream it has subsided. Will not be using it again! I love Estee Lauder products, but this one is not for me.

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Kim, F.
Thank you!

By day 5 my skin got sooo irritated, I thought it was something else, but the only thing new I had done was start using this. Not only did I itch, but under my eye (I put the product there too) became really itchy which meant I scratched , so the area got swollen :-(

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